FORMER fencing gold medallist Thomas Bach is set to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the International Olympic Committee after winning the vote yesterday.
The 59-year-old German will serve an eight-year term following his election with 49 votes, beating off competition from Richard Carrion (29 votes), Ng Ser Miang (six), Denis Oswald (five) and Sergey Bubka (four).
Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan was eliminated after the first round of voting in Buenos Aires.
■ Age: 59
■ Nationality: German
■ Previous roles: Board member of 2006 World Cup organising committee
■ IOC past: Member from 1996-2000, vice-president from 2000-2004 and 2006-2013
■ Did you know? Bach won Olympic fencing gold medal in team foil event at Montreal Games in 1976